Have You Seen? {March 15th, 2020}

Do you ever feel like something just isn’t right? Are you dissatisfied with your ability to thrive in your current circumstances? In the webinar “The Antidote to Shame”, Licensed Professional and Mental Health Counselor Curtis McGown will discuss shame as the underlying root for many felt challenges and lead you to find practical ways to improve. Click on the image below to learn more.

Last Week’s Theme: Build Up

Alone in the Wilderness Together by Stephanie D—”While I actually love alone time and I don’t mind being considered ‘crazy’ for choosing to live among strangers, one thing I didn’t anticipate is how this aloneness made connection with others in similar situations, altogether more needful. No, I do not spend my days with other expats, chatting in my mother tongue over cups of coffee. And while I thought I didn’t need that, I realized that there was something I was craving—encouragement to keep going from people who are right there in the wilderness with me.”

Calling All Matchmakers {Book Club} by Sarah Hilkemann—”Oh, Emma. Anyone else find themselves equaling grinning over Emma’s antics and sighing with frustration over her meddling? Let me officially welcome you to our March Book Club discussion! This month we are reading Jane Austen’s Emma.”

A Safe Space During Re-entry by Jaime Gulrud—”Hence, waves of panic, turmoil, lost sleep and countless tears flooded as I navigated the upcoming changes. Each time a new wave came, I spent time seeking Him, meeting with trusted advisers, and scouring the internet for resources. It was during one of those internet rabbit trails that I discovered Velvet Ashes. I found blog posts, suggested readings, podcasts, and social media accounts. It was life to my parched soul. I felt understood, and I wanted a deeper connection.”

Look Up by Amanda Hutton—”Whenever visitors would observe him teaching, they would compliment him on how engaging he was in the classroom and how cool his activities were. I so desperately wanted the same feedback and for them to know that I had those skills, too.  I remember one time his great uncle told us, ‘Ethan, I am so proud of what you do. And Amanda, it takes a very supportive woman to make a man successful.’ It was a compliment, but I did not take it that way. I wanted more credit than that. It killed me to not explain my participation in the ministry.”

From Around the Web

If you need a space to process and ask questions about the COVID-19 spread and how this is affecting you, head over to the Velvet Ashes Global Issues Support Group.

Beautifully Broken Belonging

Team Mottos are a MUST on the Field (and How to Make Them)

New Podcast coming from Third Culture Thriving

Anxiety About Tomorrow Imprisons Me Today

Finally, For Better or For Worse: a Lesson In Inspiration

And Now For Next Week

The theme is…

What do you do for fun?

This might sound like the type of question you would find at the bottom of a job application or on a dating website. But we really want to know!

Hobbies might be the last thing you would think of packing up in a suitcase and carrying with you as you cross cultures. They might be that thing that feels far to frivolous when there’s so much work to be done.

We are women who do hard things, who go to hard places, who care deeply for the people around us. Here at Velvet Ashes we celebrate the strong mothers and sisters and women that you are.

But we also firmly believe that fun and play and rest can and should be part of your rhythms so that you can thrive wherever you are (you’ve hopefully heard us say that because it really is our heart for you).

Did you take up a new hobby after moving overseas? Have hobbies and fun been a part of sustaining you on the field? Tell us about them! Give us fresh ideas and a good laugh this week.

We can’t wait to see the pictures of you and your hobby on Instagram using the hashtag #VelvetAshesHobbies.

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